THE ASS AND THE LAP DOG
 THERE was once an Ass whose
Master also owned a Lap Dog.
This Dog was a favorite and
received many a pat and kind
word from his Master, as well as
choice bits from his plate. Every
day the Dog would run to meet
the Master, frisking playfully
about and leaping up to lick his
hands and face.
All this the Ass saw with much
discontent. Though he was well
fed, he had much work to do,
besides, the Master hardly ever
took any notice of him.
Now the jealous Ass got it into his silly head that all he had
to do to win his Master's favor
was to act like the Dog. So one
day he left his stable and clattered eagerly into the house.
Finding his Master seated at
the dinner table, he kicked up
his heels and, with a loud bray,
pranced giddily around the table,
upsetting it as he did so. Then
he planted his forefeet on his
Master's knees and rolled out
his tongue to lick the Master's
face, as he had seen the Dog do.
But his weight upset the chair,
and Ass and man rolled over
together in the pile of broken
dishes from the table.
The Master was much alarmed
at the strange behavior of the
Ass, and calling for help, soon
attracted the attention of the servants. When they saw the danger
the Master was in from the
clumsy beast, they set upon the
Ass and drove him with kicks
and blows back to the stable.
There they left him to mourn
the foolishness that had brought
him nothing but a sound beating.
Behavior that is regarded
as agreeable in one is very rude and impertinent in another.
Do not try to gain favor by acting
in a way that is contrary to your own nature and character.
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